I have been on my new job for about a month and a half and make a commitment to use some time each week to explore, read about and reflect on how we use technology in schools. Being a high school teacher for most of my career, I am new to some of the challenges I will face as supervisor for my district’s technology department. On a K-8 level, what are the differences in how technology is integrated into the curriculum and class instruction? When I taught Japanese in high school, using YouTube was a great way to share various things from songs that taught vocabulary to learning new grammar. Elementary school teachers are more hesitant to use YouTube due to all the strange comments that people post after videos and the somewhat sketchy suggested videos that often line up on the margins of the video you are watching.
We are in the process of creating YouTube Edu portal for our teachers that will filter out the comments and suggested videos that make some our teachers hesitant to use this resource. This got me thinking; how can we use YouTube not just to take in content/information, but to use the information/content to ask and answer questions about and dig deeper into what we just saw? That is when I came across the TED Ed: Lessons Worth sharing website. TED Ed allows the user to search a YouTube video or any other educational video on its site and and create a customized lesson for their students. These video lessons can then be distributed publicly or privately. The creator of the video (the teacher) can track the students understanding and impact the video had on them through this exciting new platform offered free by TED Ed. Its worth a look but in case this blog leaves you wondering, check out the screencast video I made using Jing and the actual lesson that is on TED Ed’s website.
Here is the link to the lesson I made using TED Ed.